Frank Martignetti has led the Mystic River Chorale since 2008, and was honored to be a national finalist for the 2015 American Prize in choral conducting for his work with the Chorale. Under his leadership, the Chorale has broadened its community outreach, collaborated with area high school choirs and other area ensembles, had singers make their Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall debuts, and presented new and neglected works, including grant-funded regional premieres.
An eclectic musician whose work spans the fields of choral conducting, music education, musical theater, and church music, Dr. Martignetti serves as Director of Music & Performing Arts at the University of Bridgeport, where he has long led the choral and music education programs. A professional church musician since 1994, he currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Advent Lutheran Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Noted for his ability to build and revitalize ensembles, Martignetti proudly taught music in the public schools for ten years, almost exclusively in urban schools. In 2006, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra recognized his efforts in the New Haven Public Schools by naming him a recipient of its Excellence in Music Teaching Award.
Dr. Martignetti holds degrees in history, conducting and music education from the University of Rochester, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, New York University, and the Eastman School of Music. His current research uses ethnographic and case study approaches to study music teaching and learning in urban public schools. His writing has appeared in the Choral Journal, the Music Educators’ Journal, and Visions of Research in Music Education. He has presented papers and workshops at a variety of conferences, high schools, organizations and universities.